fab·​ri·​cate | \ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate 

transitive verb

1a : invent, create

b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence

2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

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Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
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The author introduces us to Henry Burden, whose horsehoe-making device fabricated 70 million horseshoes for the U.S. Army. Gregory Crouch, WSJ, "‘Civil War Barons’ Review: Entrepreneurs for the Union," 5 Nov. 2018 Over the course of those months, Israel managed to steal, alter, and flat-out fabricate around 400 letters, making her one of the most prolific literary forgers in history. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Lee Israel and the Literary Forgeries in Can You Ever Forgive Me?," 12 Sep. 2018 Also a former judge, Venckiene is viewed by some Lithuanians as a heroine for exposing a seedy criminal network, but others see her as a manipulator who fabricated the pedophilia claims. Washington Post, "US judge refuses to halt extradition of Lithuanian ex-judge," 12 July 2018 Venckiene and her attorneys contend the charges are little more than misdemeanors or fabricated. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban woman who fears persecution for exposing corruption in Lithuania fails to convince judge to halt extradition," 12 July 2018 Investigations would later make clear that Fujii had fabricated most of his data. Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Why a major paper on the Mediterranean diet was just retracted and replaced," 14 June 2018 Battista tried to dispel the notion suggested by defense attorneys during opening arguments, that Kelly Norton was fabricating her story as revenge for the divorce. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Witness recounts decision to testify against her ex-husband in bribery case," 6 June 2018 The Economist and the The New York Review of Books have since pointed out that the Ethiopian regime fabricates development statistics. Alex Gladstein, The New Republic, "Why Dictators Love Development Statistics," 26 Apr. 2018 That has allowed rivals like TSMC to close the gap; the Taiwanese chip maker is reportedly planning to fabricate Apple’s iPhone processors on 7 nanometer technology later this year. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "CEO Loss Forces Intel to Face Its Future," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

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English Language Learners Definition of fabricate

: to make or build (something)

: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people


fab·​ri·​cate | \ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate 

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

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